tense up


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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.tense up - become tense, nervous, or uneasy; "He tensed up when he saw his opponent enter the room"
change state, turn - undergo a transformation or a change of position or action; "We turned from Socialism to Capitalism"; "The people turned against the President when he stole the election"
2.tense up - cause to be tense and uneasy or nervous or anxious; "he got a phone call from his lawyer that tensed him up"
affect - act physically on; have an effect upon; "the medicine affects my heart rate"
stretch, extend - extend one's limbs or muscles, or the entire body; "Stretch your legs!"; "Extend your right arm above your head"
Translations

w>tense up

vi (person, muscle)sich anspannen
vt sep muscleanspannen
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It's impossible to continue this movement if you tense up, and at the same time, as you do it, it quiets the mind and relaxes the body.